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Home owners – Message from Assessor’s Office

February 10, 2014

I got this advisory from the Assessor’s Office. I’m not clear what it takes to qualify for the $7,000 reduction in the taxable value of the home (not, presumably, in the tax amount!) but I’m putting it up here anyway in case it’s useful to someone.

[Edited to add: I got a helpful call from neighbor Barbara today, explaining that this deduction is used to reduce the taxable value of the home – so it would reduce actual taxes by about $72 or so. It applies to home-owners living in their primary home, not to investment properties. Most people have it, but it you bought a home here recently and moved, you may need to apply. More on the Assessor’s website HERE.]


San Francisco, CA – The deadline for property owners to file their Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption is Tuesday, February 18, 2014.  Homeowners who own and occupy a home in San Francisco as their principal residence on January 1st of the year for which they are claiming the exemption could qualify for a $7,000 reduction in the taxable value of their home.

According to state law, full exemption is available if the filing is made by 5:00pm on February 15.  Since February 15 lands on a Saturday and since Monday, February 17, is a national holiday, the Office of the Assessor-Recorder will accept applications postmarked or received by Tuesday, February 18, before 5:00pm.  Claims filed after February 18, but before December 10, may still be eligible to receive a partial exemption. Qualified homeowners will see the exemption deduction reflected in their annual Notice of Assessment Value in July.

There are no fees associated with filing a Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption. Interested homeowners in San Francisco can find the forms in both English and Spanish by visiting the Form Center at or calling 311.  Completed and signed forms should be mailed to: Office of the Assessor-Recorder, City and County of San Francisco, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 190, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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